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Harry Potter Fans Deemed Too Heavy for 'Wizarding World' Ride - CinemaDave

Jun. 26th, 2010 11:04 am Harry Potter Fans Deemed Too Heavy for 'Wizarding World' Ride

It was six years ago in Universal Studios that I realized that Cinema Dave's size could be a problem. It was on some ride (perhaps "Jurassic Park") that Cinema Dave felt top heavy, as if he were going to be pitched out of his seat. It did not help matters that the seat belt lock popped off mid air.

Afterward, Cinema Dave saw a sign for the "The Mummy" ride with a sign that a child had to be at least 4' 6". Cinema Dave wondered if some people could be too tall for the ride. If there are any basketball players or sumo wrestlers who went on the 'Wizarding World' Ride, please let Cinema Dave know about your experiences.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 26th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)

A View from Hogwarts

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Here's the thing about the HP ride . . it's not as much about weight as it is about Body mass. Two people can weigh the same amount and one can get on and one can't because of the shape of one's body (that's why there isn't a "You can't ride if you are x ft tall, or weigh x lbs" sign in front . . only a "too short" restriction.

The ride employs a system that is being used for the first time in a major theme park ride, tho' the system has been on display at other events and theme parks . . .that's why there isn't a solution or "special cars" for this yet . . it is brand new technology. Universal wasn't negligent or unsympathetic . . they aren't cackling at their desks going "heh heh heh . . .this'll piss people off . . let's DO it!" They want people to come. They want good press. It is simply a factor of the technology used to get the most impressive ride . . .they could've made a ride like everyone else, or they could've done something here to fore unseen . . .they chose the latter.

If someone finds they can't ride the ride due to size, and it causes them to find motivation to lose weight . . hurray. But trust me, I've seen some people on the ride that I never thought would fit . . .it's not as widespread as the press and some whiny people would have one believe.

Many Americans are horribly obese . . .there's even a new term for it in the theme park world -"luxury guests." "Luxury guests" are not gonna get to ride Potter unless the over the should bars can go three clicks . . .It is for safety. The ride is not poorly designed . . .it's just a new animal in technology . .the "Kuka arm." As you can see from this pic and article . . .the seats at Disney's innoventions were small, too. No one complained then cause it wasn't Harry Potter. ;-)
From:cinemadave
Date:June 26th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)

Re: A View from Hogwarts

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Thanks for the insight!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 27th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)

Disney's innoventions Article

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As you can see from this pic and article . . .the seats at Disney's innoventions were small, too. No one complained then cause it wasn't Harry Potter. ;-)

http://www.facebook.com/l/1f31ao5mPc6bcTVZCWwWrxFPYSA;attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2009/04/16/raytheon-to-bring-robotic-arm-ride-simulator-to-innoventions-at-epcot/
From:cinemadave
Date:June 27th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Disney's innoventions Article

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Thanks for the clarification!